Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Cincinnati won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, April 4
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Game 2: Saturday, April 5
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Game 3: Sunday, April 6
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Cubs 4

(3-3, 3-3 away)

Reds 5

(2-4, 2-4 home)

    1:15 PM ET, April 6, 2003

    Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio 

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    W: G. White (1-0)

    L: M. Guthrie (0-1)

    S: S. Williamson (1)

    Reds overcome distractions, rally past Cubs

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- The fans were booing. The home team was losing. Ken Griffey Jr. was getting his dislocated shoulder examined again.

    Haynes given extra rest
    Reds left-hander Jimmy Haynes will get extra rest after being pulled from Saturday's game against the Cubs with back pain and spasms.

    Manager Bob Boone said Haynes, 0-2 with a 12.38 ERA in two starts, is tentatively scheduled to pitch Saturday against the Phillies at Great American Ball Park.

    Right-hander Paul Wilson will start in Haynes' spot Friday.
    -- ESPN.com news services

    The Cincinnati Reds' first homestand in their new ballpark was headed for a kick-in-the-gut finale Sunday, until Sean Casey finally emerged.

    Casey drove in three runs and hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning for a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs that finished off a wild first week at Great American Ball Park.

    "It's been crazy,'' said Casey, who hit .158 in the first five games. "Even the exhibition games, it was almost a playoff atmosphere. Not being able to win the first three games was tough.

    "There was a lot of weird things, and Griff is on everyone's mind right now.''

    The clubhouse was still subdued before the game as players talked about Griffey's latest major injury. The center fielder dislocated his right shoulder while diving for a ball in the Cubs' 9-7 victory on Saturday.

    Tests found no fracture or damage to the rotator cuff. A team doctor said during Sunday's game that Griffey will try to rehabilitate without surgery and could be back in six-to-10 weeks.

    The Reds looked like a distracted team at the outset. Two throwing errors by third baseman Brandon Larson and a pair of walks by Paul Wilson helped the Cubs get a 4-0 lead.

    Kerry Wood couldn't hold it.

    The Reds used a pair of homers -- no rarity at Great American Ball Park -- to get their first come-from-behind victory. The Reds went 2-4 in the opening homestand after losing a pair of opening exhibitions against Cleveland.

    "To me, that's unacceptable,'' said Wood, who threw 111 pitches in seven innings on a 39-degree afternoon. "When you get a four-run lead, you can't afford to let them get back in the game. You've got to put your foot on their neck.

    "It seemed like I made good pitches to get to two strikes on a guy, then with two outs and two strikes, I'd leave one over the plate, whether a fastball or a slider.''

    The Reds scored their last four runs with two outs. Casey's tiebreaking homer came on a 1-2 pitch off Mark Guthrie (0-1), who hadn't allowed a run this season.

    Gabe White (1-0) got the victory with 1 1-3 innings in relief of Wilson. Scott Williamson gave up an infield single to Mark Grudzielanek to open the ninth, then struck out Alex Gonzalez and got Sammy Sosa to hit into a game-ending double play.

    After hitting his 500th homer in the series opener Friday night, Sosa went 1-for-7 with five walks. Williamson struck him out with two aboard while getting the victory Saturday, and got him to hit the game-ending grounder a day later.

    Sosa is 0-for-12 career against Williamson with seven strikeouts.

    "I don't know why,'' said Williamson, who got his first save. "I just try to keep pitches down to him and throw him the best pitches I can. I might have success, but that doesn't mean anything. Hopefully, I can get him to beat himself.''

    Wilson didn't start a spring training game with the Reds because of a strained rib cage and pulled hamstring. He threw 31 pitches in the first inning as the Cubs sent eight batters to the plate and boos filled the ballpark.

    After that, he settled down and held the Cubs to only six more hits, leaving with the score tied at 4 in the seventh inning.

    "I was just trying to pitch like I can and get a lot of groundballs,'' Wilson said. "This team's got a lot of heart.''

    Austin Kearns hit a solo homer in the second to start the comeback, and singled and scored on Casey's double to center in the fourth.

    Wood struck out five consecutive batters before Aaron Boone tripled off the wall in left field in the sixth, Adam Dunn walked and Casey had a two-out, RBI single. Larson followed with a single that drove in Casey to tie it.

    Game notes


    The Reds wore their new red jerseys for the first time this season. They introduced them for two exhibitions against Cleveland, and lost both games. ... Gonzalez doubled in the seventh inning, leaving him with a hit in each of the Cubs' first six games. He has opened the season 12-for-26 with seven doubles. ... Reds RHP Jimmy Haynes, who left Saturday's game with a stiff back, will have his next start pushed back a couple of days. An MRI found no serious injury. ... RHP Pete Harnisch, making a comeback from reconstructive elbow surgery, lasted only one inning Sunday for Triple-A Louisville at Toledo. He gave up five hits and three runs in the first, then left with a tight right hamstring.

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